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The Black Bird (1926)

The Black Bird





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This characteristically grim Lon Chaney/Tod Browning collaboration stars "The Man of a Thousand Faces" in two distinct characterizations. By day, the crippled Bishop of Limehouse (Chaney) is a kindly, beneficent figure, ministering to the needs of the poor and destitute. But by night, the Bishop sheds his clerical garb-and his physical handicap-to become the Black Bird, mastermind of a vast underworld organization. Completely undetectable and untouchable, the Black Bird can only be destroyed by himself-a fact that consumes the film's final reels. Renee Adoree and Owen Moore also star in this atmospheric melodrama, which was adapted by Waldemar Young from Tod Browning's story The Mockingbird.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Waldemar Young, Tod Browning
On DVD: May 17, 2012

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Lon Chaney
as The Black Bird/The B...
Owen Moore
as West End Bertie
Doris Lloyd
as Limehouse Polly
Andy MacLennan
as The Shadow
Andy McLennan
as The Shadow
Eric Mayne
as Sightseer
Sidney Bracey
as Bertie's No. 1 Man
Sidney Bracy
as Bertie's No. 1 Man
Ernie S. Adams
as Bertie's No. 2 Man
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Full Review… | June 29, 2011
Top Critic

The movie tells a Jekyll-and-Hyde story, with criminal greed and opportunity replacing science as the catalyst of willing transformation.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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